Civics Workshop: Omaha's Climate Action Plan

Wednesday, October 5, 2022
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
One Omaha Office (3902 Davenport St.)

Our city has begun to experience the effects of climate change, including hotter and drier summers, wetter and colder winters, and dangerous thunderstorms producing high winds, large hail, flash flooding, and tornadoes.

In November 2021, Omaha city officials announced plans for a Climate Action Plan (CAP), which would lay out a framework to reduce climate change effects and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. 

As the city moves forward with planning, now is the perfect time to get familiar with climate action plans.

In this interactive panel discussion, you will learn:

  • What a climate action plan is and what each aspect of a CAP entails
  • The impact a climate action plan can have on communities and neighborhoods
  • How the community will be involved in the process of creating a climate action plan for Omaha

Speakers

Abdoulaziz (Aziz) Abdoulaye

Aziz, PhD candidate in public health, is spearheading UNMC’s participation in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization’s (NOAA) Urban Heat Island Mapping Project. His work specifically examines heat effects in areas of Omaha that were historically redlined to help inform policies that address heat-related health issues, lower the risk of heat stress, and aim to mitigate heat islands.

Grace Thomas

Grace, senior associate at Verdis Group, has helped lead sustainability and climate resiliency planning and implementation processes for the Metropolitan Utilities District, the Dallas Zoo, and Black Hills State University, among other clients. Verdis Group wrote Lincoln, NE’s CAP in 2019-2020.

Diana Failla - Moderator

Diana is the president of the Midtown Neighborhood Alliance and CEO/founder of the Urban Bird & Nature Alliance.